The effective operation of a complex asset such as a building relies on the availability of accurate information about the asset itself, and an understanding of the business it serves. Much of the information about the asset is delivered at handover of the construction project to the client. The complexity of modern buildings demands that we all have a greater understanding of how to operate buildings to achieve the optimum benefits and cost savings. Under Building Regulations, new buildings require some form of log book. BSRIA recommends the delivery team compile a Building Manual and Building User Guide. Although not compulsory, the completion of these documents is also recommended for existing buildings.
The set consists of 2 Publications
Handover Information and O&M Manuals (BG 79/2020)
This guide covers the various documentation delivered and activities carried out at handover of a building, with particular focus on operating and maintenance (O&M) manuals. The O&M manual is the key part of the information needed during operation of a building, and as such is discussed here in detail. Historically, having all the desired information available on completion of a construction project has often been problematic, but by following a clear process of identification and route planning, the operators will be in a much better shape from handover. An editable Word version of the appendices is attached to the pdf of the guide. This guide replaces BG 1/2007 Handover, O&M Manuals, and Project Feedback
Building Manuals and Building User Guides - Guidance and worked examples (BG 26/2011)
The Building Manual is intended to be an operator's guide to the building and will capture the building's design and operation needs. It is a single document that can be used to capture all future building changes and annual summaries of energy use and maintenance work. The Building User Guide provides the occupants with a simple, quick and easy guide to the everyday functions of the building.
BSRIA's guide provides worked examples and links to editable templates. These provide building information compilers and building operators with a standard method of capturing information about their buildings. Editable Word versions of the templates are attached to the pdf of this guide, and are available as a free download to anyone purchasing a hard copy of the guide.
The Building Manual and Building User Guide will be invaluable as an easy-to-use reference tool for:
- bridging the knowledge gap between building occupants, users and operators and the design concepts
- staff training and induction to ensure familiarity with the building
- in-house and contracted staff needing to quickly access technical information
- the consideration of refurbishments or rearrangements to work spaces